CEBU CITY – AirAsia Philippines announced on Thursday it has partnered with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to enable a seamless verification of vaccine information on the airline's app.

This is an effort to make air travel better and even safer in the new normal, a statement from the company said.

The Travel Health Icon will soon be available to all passengers through AirAsia's Super App, and its website for desktop users. Under the new integrated system, verified vaccination information of guests will be uploaded on the app through the Department of Health’s (DOH) VaxCertPH.

The DICT recently developed VaxCertPH for the DOH to help verify legitimacy and certify a passenger’s vaccination status. This is also in compliance with the World Health Organization’s guidelines on the issuance of digital vaccine certificates.

"This is our way of supporting the immediate and swift recovery not only of the airline industry, but the country’s tourism sector as a whole. It further defines the digital direction of our company. We will continue to create and develop system enhancements which will level up the digital travel experience of our guests," company chief executive officer Ricky Isla said.

Aside from making travel experience smooth, this digital verification system is also seen to add another layer of security and safety across all domestic flights and airports in the country, especially now that leisure travel has started to pick up following the re-opening of borders for travelers from the National Capital Region.

The trial phase of this system here in the Philippines will commence in October in time for the expected influx of passengers homebound for the holidays these "ber months”. (PNA)